NO-BAKE Protein boost Energy Bites from scratch

protein boost energy bites

protein boost energy bites

So there’s this recipe for energy bites that has been floating around the blogoshere for quite some time now and I’m kinda sad that it took me this long to test it out! I made my first batch a few weeks ago with home made pecan butter to pack for my husband’s lunches, and he loved them…even shared with his food/health-nut co-worker and got a big thumbs-up 😉  So last week I made them again, pretty much following the original recipe, and my son swears they DO give him more energy for his 7am cross country practices!

Now this week we are doing our “vegetarian” challenge and I thought that these would be an easy snack to sneak in some added protein, much like these peanut butter cups. Packed with good fats, fiber, and protein, just one is all you need to feel satisfied! Mine does have the extra step of homemade peanut butter, but feel free to use your favorite jarred peanut butter.

HOMEMADE ORGANIC PEANUT BUTTER – makes about 1 1/2 cups

1 pound organic raw peanuts
1 1/2 TBLS honey (I used raw honey)
1 1/2 – 2 TBLS organic coconut oil
couple pinches of sea salt
**You can also use a different nut, but be careful with the added oil, as some nuts naturally release/contain more oil then others.

Place all of the ingredients in a food processor, pulse a few times, then blend until smooth. Store in airtight container.

PROTEIN BOOST ENERGY BITES – makes 18

1 cup organic rolled oats (make sure they are GF if you have a gluten sensitivity)
generous 1/2 cup organic peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/3 cup raw honey
1/2 cup organic coconut flakes-unsweetened
2 TBLS cup organic flaxseed
2 TBLS cup organic chia seed
1/4 cup organic mini chocolate chips or coarsely chopped regular-sized chocolate chips
1/4 cup organic dried cranberries, chopped (optional)
1 tsp organic vanilla

 

  1. Place flax and chia seed inside of a clean coffee grinder and process for a few seconds or until fine, being careful not OVER grind or it will get clumpy and oily.
  2. Place all of the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well.
  3. Add in the wet ingredients (nut butter, honey, vanilla) and mix well with a spatula.  Towards the end you can also use your hands a little if needed.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop – ball out the mixture into your hands, gently squeeze it all together then roll it out into ball shape.  Place in a large tupperware container and repeat this process until all of the mix is used up.
  5. Thee can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a couple weeks.
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